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Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions

Address: Ghana
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Ranked #21 of 63 Attractions in Ghana
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Accra, Ghana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The Forts and Castles along Ghana coast are lasting proof and evidence of the Europe’s interest in attaining gold, ivory and African Slaves from the continent. Ghana remain the highest country with the largest number of these structures in West Africa, 26, in all, and more than 50% still in existence. On this tour, we explored the Forts and Castle... More 

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Rowley, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

In 2010 I visited the Accra area and the Cape Coast Castle while spending several weeks with my daughter who works in Ghana. This castle is about 2 hours from Accra and provides an eye-opening look into the history of the salve trade. Our guide was a talented and well-informed young man who drew us into the experience of the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

The Cape Coast Castle along with Elmina Castle are worth a least a couple of hours each.The castles having both a very interesting history dating hundreds of years.You will see the cannons,the compound dwellings,Minister Compound in both castles.The entrance fee is the same for both places at $11.00 GHC to operate a video camera inside the compund will cost another... More 

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Stockton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

I participated in this tour in 2007 with a group of friends. We departed Accra around 5AM on out journey to Elmina, Cape Coast and Kumasi. We had an awesome driver, guide, negotiator, protector and friend during our visit. Unfortunatly he has since passed away at the age of 29. No one had any idea of what to expect. We... More 

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North Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

Visiting the castles (or slave dungeons) is akin to a pilgrimage for any African American. I better understand the history of the slave trade, intellectually and viscerally. The guides were immensely informative. I walked on sacred ground as the guide took me in and out of holding pens for male and female enslaved africans. I saw the door of no... More 

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Linz, Austria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2011

The huge Volta dam makes up a large part of Ghana. But a bus ride through the lush green landscape is great. Along the border with Togo are even up to 1000m high mountains. Starting in Hohoe there is a small cottage information for tourists, where you can obtain the information. The situation is very favorable: the Wli waterfall is... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2010

Cape Coast, Elmina and Dixcove are all accessible forts built by colonial traders. What started as lucrative business in gold and produce shipping became human trafficing in the slave trade. The "castles" emphasise the slave trade because of its collosal impact on the development of West Africa but the museums show the full range of activity that went on. Dixcove... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2009

My journey to Elmina as well as Cape Coast Castles in Ghana was, as most African American/Caribbean visitors say "a spiritual awakening" My heart was at first saddened to hear of the atrocities that my people endured on their journey to these "Forts", until their final journey through "The Door of No Return". By the end of the tour, my... More 

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